Gary Martin

Gary Martin

Lives in United States Montclair, CA, United States
Works as a Graphic Designer
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Joined on Feb 18, 2005


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On Hands on with the Pentax 645Z news story (463 comments in total)
In reply to:

Richard Murdey: "an order of magnitude more"

No, less than four times more.

Fun with numbers: "almost 400% more!"

Direct link | Posted on Apr 15, 2014 at 03:40 UTC
On Pentax K-3 Review preview (442 comments in total)
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hydrospanner: In this section:

Pentax fanboys who've spent the last few months whining about no K-3 review switching over to whining about the K-3 review.

Jeez, for a bunch that wanted so badly to know what the folks at DPR thought of the thing, it really looks like you were only waiting to pick them apart and tell them why they're wrong for disagreeing with you.

For as much as the average Pentax evangelist seems to want to convert Canon & Nikon users, the way they've earned a reputation as the biggest whiners makes me never even want to give Pentax a try if it means I'll turn into that!

I'm slowly starting to figure out what I'll do if/when my D300 kicks the bucket and there's no D400...I was leaning K-3 for a while, but with the way the users seem to be compensating for something, I might rather go m43...they're bad, but they're not AS bad...

Yeah, I base my shopping decisions on the responses of forum posters too.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 10, 2014 at 19:29 UTC
On Pentax K-3 Review preview (442 comments in total)

A fair review. Now Ricoh needs to release a new generation of faster AF pro lenses to match a body of this quality.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 10, 2014 at 16:08 UTC as 149th comment | 2 replies
On Mockups emerge of new Olympus OM-D 'OM-G' news story (331 comments in total)

Budget model: OMFG

Direct link | Posted on Apr 1, 2014 at 16:37 UTC as 212th comment

Wot, not going to follow Nikon's lead and just release it as a new camera? They're missing out on another review from this website!

Direct link | Posted on Mar 31, 2014 at 20:00 UTC as 22nd comment
On Pentax K-3 preview (961 comments in total)

I hope they release this exciting new camera soon!

Direct link | Posted on Mar 27, 2014 at 16:18 UTC as 76th comment | 4 replies
On Pentax K-3 preview (961 comments in total)
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arboreus: I'm eager to see Pentax DA Limited 15mm F4 @ K-3 vs Nokia Lumia 1020 comparison. As a Pentax shooter, I wonder if it makes sense to pay 590€ for a new wide angle glass, or get a smaller wide angle phone @ 480€, or just get a gopro @ 250€. That's the kind of decisions I make as a consumer. Too bad DP does little cross-class comparison (wide-angle vs wide angle, tele vs tele etc., lightweight kit vs lightweight kit, waterproof system vs waterproof system, max battery autonomy kit vs max battery autonomy kit). Comparing same-class specs (1000€ APS-C DSLR vs 1000€ APS-C DSLR, 500€ phone vs 500€ phone) is not so interesting.

To tell the truth, I no longer want to say WOW when I see downsized samples in new DSLR reviews, and pixel-peeping is not convincing enough.

I guess you don't care about dynamic range; it's very important to me.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 26, 2014 at 15:39 UTC
On Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 Review preview (423 comments in total)
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Just a Photographer: Is it really as big as it looks like?

Not everyone needs a little camera, some of us like something with some heft and a good feel in the hands.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 20, 2014 at 17:54 UTC
On Chinese government orders Nikon to stop selling D600 news story (227 comments in total)

"Highly Recommended!"

Direct link | Posted on Mar 18, 2014 at 20:18 UTC as 88th comment
On Nikon D4s First Impressions Review preview (819 comments in total)

This is a professional tool, usually attached to big, high-performance and expensive glass. Forum junkies, camera fetishists and gear collectors need not apply.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 25, 2014 at 17:38 UTC as 136th comment | 3 replies
On Nikon 18-55mm F3.5-5.6G VR II real-world samples gallery news story (34 comments in total)
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Juandante: I'm tired of those 18-55 mm f/3.5. I really don't see the point of these lense.
You put it in 18mm for prime, you are limited by the f/3.5.

You put it in 55mm for low DoF portrait, 55mm is too short for it.

I think this is a vicious stylé from those company just for us too buy more lense when we purchase a DSLR.

55mm is only for low depth-of-field portraits? Perhaps you should broaden your views on photography.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 11, 2014 at 23:37 UTC
On Ricoh announces HD Pentax DA AF 1.4X AW rear converter news story (52 comments in total)
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offertonhatter: £380? Wow!

Actually, on certain Pentax Forums, that was the ballpark price for this (between £300 and £400). So in the end it seems to be spot on.

I will still get one, I have a funny feeling that it will be superb with my DA*300mm F4.


I bet 90% of people buying this will use it for the DA*300 and the DA*60-250, seems like an ideal match for them. And although not cheap, it helps make those lenses much more capable. A TC isn't that useful for shorter focal lengths except as a stop-gap measure, and an expensive one at that.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 5, 2014 at 23:43 UTC
On DxOMark recommends lenses for the Pentax K-3 news story (28 comments in total)
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completelyrandomstuff: I was worried about all those tests when I was switching from olympus to Pentax and I found out it's better to look at user reviews.

Since the HG zuikos were supposed to be among the best, I was worried that any other system would be a step down. From my experience the better lenses from Pentax's line up are just as good, for my use at least, as HG zuikos (never used SHG though). They are definitely capable of producing good quality images.

Pentax lenses are designed to be compact, and the price is a higher-than-average amount of field curvature. The DA15 and DA21 are good examples of that. And field curvature isn't good for resolution tests. Fortunately, I don't find it as a big problem when shooting, since it's rare that my subjects lie in a flat field. But a landscape photographer looking for a sharp horizon on the edges of the frame should choose aperture and focus point with extra care.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 14, 2014 at 21:40 UTC
On Samyang announces 10mm F2.8 manual focus wide-angle prime news story (133 comments in total)

Sigma has been bringing it.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 6, 2013 at 01:18 UTC as 48th comment | 2 replies
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Hugo808: It's a long way down to the comments with all those ads ;-)

Yeah, what's with these content providers and their insistence on trying to earn money for their efforts?

Direct link | Posted on Dec 5, 2013 at 16:17 UTC
On Enthusiast interchangeable lens camera 2013 roundup article (267 comments in total)
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bossa: The K-3 smokes the D7100 in any comparison apart from maybe focus tracking.
This comparison is a travesty for the following reasons:
A. The sensor shake reduction mechanism can do
(i) amazing star tracking when combined with the O-GPS,
(ii) horizon correction
(iii) sensor shift (shift lens anyone?)
(iv) sensor shake based AA filter

B. The new hi-res exposure system
C. the silky shutter
D. 25 cross point AF
E. f2.8 AF system that works way down low (in the dark almost)
F. Huge buffer for 23 RAW shots at 8 fps
G. superior ergonomics (ISO right where you need it and DOF Preview on the shutter button lever etc etc)
H. The Green Button and numerous exposure modes Nikon never heard of.

The K-3 is a no brainer when compared to the D7100.

PS: The new AF system also uses the new hi-res exposure system to differentiate and track.

The K-3 has a much bigger buffer than the Nikon, that could be a big deal to some. In fact, it seems like Nikon gimped the D7100 in this regard unnecessarily.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 23, 2013 at 00:09 UTC
On Rare photos of Rolling Stones emerge from estate sale news story (106 comments in total)
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GGD: who gives a raats tail.....

No likey? No clickey!

Direct link | Posted on Nov 18, 2013 at 01:19 UTC
On Pentax K-3 real-world samples gallery news story (150 comments in total)
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marike6: Try these K-3 Samples:

The two portraits done with the DA 70 f/2.4. Yowza. That's what I'm talking about...

"Profit" or not, we need to see the *best* that a camera can produce to properly judge its imaging capabilities. If you're just taking snaps with a consumer zoom, you're not going to differentiate this product from a lesser DSLR or even a point-and-shoot. Someone thinking about spending $1300 on a camera body expects and deserves more.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 11, 2013 at 19:32 UTC
On Nikon Df preview (2817 comments in total)

Just like cars, I admire pretty cameras I could never afford!

Direct link | Posted on Nov 5, 2013 at 17:30 UTC as 581st comment
On Nikon D5300 preview (278 comments in total)

In spite of the comments here, this camera will probably sell quite well. There's a disconnect here between the gadget lovers of DPReview and actual consumers who buy cameras.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 17, 2013 at 14:45 UTC as 78th comment | 2 replies
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